All traumatic brain injuries have the potential to be life-changing for the affected families. When the head or the skull is directly impacted by a brute, external force, a traumatic brain injury may occur. Such injuries are classified depending on the severity of the impact. If you or someone you love is healing from a traumatic brain injury, McMinn Law Firm may be able to help. We believe that you deserve to receive proper compensation for all the damage you sustained out of someone else’s negligence. Jason and Justin are very experienced with handling traumatic brain injury cases.
Contact Jason and Justin for a cost-free and obligation-free consultation. We don’t get paid unless we win a settlement because we believe you shouldn’t have to worry about fees. We will be your tireless advocates while you take care of your family.
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If you are suffering from TBI, or know a loved one who does – we here at McMinn Law Firm can help you. Contact us at 512-474-022 today.
Last month a driver of a dump truck allegedly attempted to run away after a crash with a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu. The dump truck driver, Elieser Samora exited his vehicle and jumped over the concrete wall in the 7400 block of I-35. Meanwhile, the victim of the crash sustained catastrophic head injuries. An officer witnessed the driver attempting to flee the accident and detained him. Samora claimed that he ran because he needed to go to the restroom. Police reported that the driver in the crash did not have a trucking license, an the construction crews at the site claimed not to know who he was.
Unfortunately, in order to complete projects on time and without going over budget, some trucking companies will engage in unsafe practices that put the community at risk. CBS Austin reported that John Esparza, president of the Texas Trucking Association, said that “so many different levels of trucking involved in the logistics of moving loads that it’s not uncommon to have a number of drivers on site that are not holding a contract directly with the contract provider.” He continued to say “Unfortunately there are companies out there that either look the other way or attention to detail is not as close as it should be.”
Reports indicate that although the driver of the Chevy Malibu initially sustained life threatening injuries, the man in his 30s appears to be making a recovery.
This traumatic brain injury accident may have been prevented if the trucking company took precautions to ensure drivers received proper workplace training. In 2016, McMinn Law Firm helped a client reach closure in a traumatic brain injury case with Austin bar, Kung Fu Saloon. Jason McMinn and Justin McMinn represented Joey O’hare, who suffered brain injury at the hands of a Kung Fu Saloon bouncer.
Little can be reported about the outcome of the case, but after the incident happened in November of 2014, many in Austin were interested to learn more about the story of how a San Antonio man was so severely injured by an Austin bouncer.
Joey O’Hare endured eight hour brain surgery, multiple hospital stays as part of the extremely severe brain injuries sustained by the brutal attack by Kung Fu Saloon employee.
Though Joey O’Hare’s life will never be the same, McMinn Law Firm is proud to have helped Joey reach closure in 2016.
About Traumatic Brain Injury in Personal Injury Law
Unfortunately, traumatic brain injury is slowly becoming the leading cause of death and injuries all over the world, for both children and adults.
Brain trauma occurs from the sudden acceleration and deceleration of the force sustained by the head. Apart from the actual injury in the brain, secondary injuries and their effects may also be manifested by the in the rest of the victim’s body that the affected part controls. While physical injury is a given, the effects may reach as far as emotional and even psychological. It may result in grave injuries, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and a decline in cognitive functioning. At its worst, TBI can also lead to death.
There is a variety of symptoms that can be detected to initially identify if an individual who sustained a blow to the head is suffering from TBI. As an example, many victims who fall unconscious after the impact are most likely injured in the left side of their brain.
If the injuries are mild, the individual may still retain his or her consciousness, or temporarily lose it but gain it back in a few seconds. It may also result in feelings of nausea, headaches, as well as exhibiting a lack of motor coordination and movement. As a result, many may have problems balancing themselves, and complain about dizziness and light-headedness. Other symptoms include a ringing sound in the ears, fatigue, blurred vision, and even changes in sleep patterns.
The cognitive effects of mild TBI are also severe enough on their own. They may be confused, and have problems concentrating and recalling memories. Furthermore, they seem to be constantly distracted and have a problem focusing their attention on a specific thought.
If the injuries are severe, then the effects also worsen. Victims may experience persistent headaches, prolonged vomiting and continuous feelings of nausea. The person may also remain unconscious for a prolonged period of time – longer than expected, and if he or she is conscious, he or she may experience convulsions, pupil dilation, slurred speech and aphasia, as well as weakness or numbness of the arms and legs. They may also have problems coordinating their movement, and may be constantly agitated and restless.
There are also cognitive and social effects caused by moderate to severe TBI. Victims may exhibit a change in attitude and behaviour, differences in personality, and display deficits when it comes to social judgment. If conscious, they may be unable to maintain attentiveness, and have noticeably slow reaction time compared to pre-injury.
Furthermore, TBI may increase the pressure in the skull, and this is also highly dangerous to the individual. It impacts the individual’s level of consciousness, and even paralysis to one side of the body. This is known as Cushing’s triad, in which the brain is unable to sustain the blood pressure as a result of the injury.
Children who experience TBI may not be able to fully express their pain and suffering. As such, it is best to watch out for prolonged and persistent crying, as well as irritability and inconsolability.
Vehicular accidents, slips and falls, sporting events, and occupational accidents are the leading cause of traumatic brain injury. Sadly, these usually happen as a result of other people’s negligence and as such, are highly preventable.